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Do What Only You Can Do

Choose to be a ‘meaningful specific’.

Sergey Faldin 🇺🇦
3 min readMar 16, 2020

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There are a lot of things you can be. You can start a company, launch a blog, or record a podcast. All of these things are easy and free. But even though “becoming” is easy today, “becoming successful” is still hard.

Harder than it used it be.

Being ‘The Best’ Used to Be an Opportunity

Now it’s a necessity. Because the barriers to entry in almost any field are low, you’ve got serious competition. The way — the only way — to be heard is to become the best.

When you’re choosing a plumber to work with, would you settle for #10 plumber in your city? I doubt you’d even scroll that far on Google.

When I pick a freelancer on Fiverr, I always look at reviews (“stars”) and choose sellers with the highest rating.

Am I a dick to everybody else on Fiverr? No, I am picking the best because it’s safe — I want to save myself time, money, and worry.

Nature of today’s world: be the best or stay hungry.

Nobody Owes You Anything

And nobody, as Steven Pressfield kindly reminds us, “wants to read your shit.”

I feel humility every time I walk into my local bookstore. I look around, and I see thousands of new books by authors who aren’t even authors by profession.

It’s so easy to write a book these days.

Whenever I write something — a blog, a book, an article — I (subconsciously) expect that because it matters to me (and I wrote it), it will matter to everybody else.

The abundance of books reminds me that I am not unique. I see that people have a considerable volume to pick from — this reminds me: to be heard, I’ve got to be the best. There’s no other option.

The good news is, being the best is not as hard as it sounds.

“Become The Best at What You Do…

…keep redefining what you do, until that’s true.”

This is a quote from Naval Ravikant’s famous Twitter storm. We should all live by it.

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Sergey Faldin 🇺🇦

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